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    Default Sgt William George Creed. 221 Sqdn

    Looking for details of the loss of the following airman. Any help very much appreciated.

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    Peter

    Name: CREED, WILLIAM GEORGE
    Initials: W G
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 221 Sqdn.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 02/02/1943
    Service No: 1314495
    Additional information: Son of Lionel Creed, and of Lilian Creed, of Upper Clatford, Hampshire.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 8, Column 1.
    Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL

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    These are the names on the Malta Memorial for that date and unit. Going by the details on Bertran it looks like the crew of Wellington HX398 (reported missing)

    Name: ANDERSON, FREDERICK CAMERON
    Initials: F C
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Flight Lieutenant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 221 Sqdn.
    Age: 25
    Date of Death: 02/02/1943
    Service No: C/3409
    Additional information: Son of Frederick Thomas Anderson and Ethel Maud Anderson, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 10, Column 1.
    Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL

    Name: BARKER, MARCUS EDGAR
    Initials: M E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 221 Sqdn.
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 02/02/1943
    Service No: 1282833
    Additional information: Son of Albert Edgar and Alice Hilton Barker, of Worthing, Sussex.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 7, Column 1.
    Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL

    Name: BERTRAN, ROSS HERBERT
    Initials: R H
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Squadron Leader
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 221 Sqdn.
    Age: 25
    Date of Death: 02/02/1943
    Service No: J/6396
    Awards: D F C
    Additional information: Son of Howard and Esther Bertran, of Chippawa, Ontario, Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 10, Column 1.
    Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL

    BERTRAN, F/O Ross Herbert (J6396) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.38 Squadron - Award effective 4 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 8 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born Stevensville, Ontario, 13 October 1917; home there; enlisted Hamilton, 14 October 1940. Posted to No.1 ITS on 27 January 1941 (graduated 16 March 1941), to No.1 EFTS on 16 March 1941 (graduated 4 May 1941 when posted) and No.4 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 27 July 1941). Posted to No.31 GRS, 8 August 1941; to RAF overseas, 3 January 1942; promoted Flying Officer, 28 July 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 24 January 1943. Killed in action, 2 February 1943 (Wellington HX398, No.221 Squadron; name on Malta Memorial).

    In October 1942, this officer was the pilot of a formation of aircraft detailed to make a daylight attack on an enemy ship in Tobruk Harbour. Displaying great skill and determination, he made a successful attack scoring at least one hit on the target. His determined attack contributed much to the combined effort of the operation which achieved the destruction of the vessel. Flying Officer Bertran displayed high courage and devotion to duty.

    http://www.airforce.ca/wwii/ALPHA-BE.2.html

    Name: DUNCAN, ALEXANDER FRANK JAMES
    Initials: A F J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 221 Sqdn.
    Age: 34
    Date of Death: 02/02/1943
    Service No: 115177
    Additional information: Son of Mildred Jane Duncan, of Paddington, London.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 6, Column 2.
    Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL

    Name: JONES, NORMAN
    Initials: N
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 221 Sqdn.
    Age: 32
    Date of Death: 02/02/1943
    Service No: 1065998
    Additional information: Son of William and Ann Jones, of Manchester.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 8, Column 2.
    Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL

    Name: ROWSON, HAROLD
    Initials: H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Unit Text: 221 Sqdn.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 02/02/1943
    Service No: 51208
    Additional information: Son of William Francis and Phillippa Clara Rowson, of Woolwich, London.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 7, Column 1.
    Memorial: MALTA MEMORIAL
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    Confirm crew Wellington HX398. F/Lt Anderson "Signals" as a passenger.
    Henk.

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    Amrit - Henk,

    Many thanks for your replies, a great help.

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    Peter

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    Default Sgt William George Creed. 221 Sqdn

    Hello Peter,

    May I ask what is your interest in this airmen. The nephew of Sqn Ldr Bertran who lives is Maine USA is writing a book about his uncle. I have all the details on this loss if it is of any interest to you, and if not mistaken I also have a photo of the crew. If you are interested kindly contact me at dizzy at onvol.net (pls replace the at with the obvious).

    Kind regards

    Kevin

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    Hello Guys,Kevin gave me this website and the Peters question.I am Ross Bertran's nephew and have done extensive research on my Uncles tours and last flight.I have written a book on this.In fact I know where the plane went down....I am extremely interested in hooking up with the next of kin of any of the crew that went down with my Uncle...Anderson,who was on the flight with my Uncle and crew was a Radar expert who was sent up to find out what frequency was being used by the Germans to jam..As for Creed he joined my Uncles crew on his first tour of duty with the 38 Squadron based in Shaluffa.He went to 221 Squadron and Malta with my Uncle on Jan 21 1943....I have pictures,log book ,squadron records and Italian marine records and 3 remaining(in new zealand,australia and the uk) 221Squadron and 38Squadron contacts all used to write the book......Cheers....Dave

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    Please David, where you know the crash location why not impart us with this ?
    Thanks in advance.
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    I am the nephew of Sgt. Norman Jones, who was another crewmember on the Wellington flight in February 1943, alongside your uncle.

    Although I never knew my uncle (I was born in 1956), both his brother Eric (my father) and his sister Connie were very close to him. My father died in 1994 but Connie is still alive at the age of 94 and living in North Wales.

    I know that my Aunt Connie would very much like to know more about the circumstances of the tragic flight, and I have seen some postings recently that you have done some research, and may have written a book.

    I hope that you are able to let me have something, so that I can pass it on to my Aunt. I will of course be happy to meet the costs involved.

    Regards

    Peter

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    Do hope Peter you'll have more luck as my request for info from 4-2-2008 was never answered.

    Henk.

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    Peter, you would be best sending a PM, private message, to Kevin and David profile names, that ought to send their email a notification and hopefully they are still using that email address.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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